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47th Brigade Support Battalion zeros and qualifies with the M-320 Granade Launcher

Video by 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

GLOCK PERFECTON A LA FALCON

Asking the question, “What’s wrong with the GLOCK?” could bring answers ranging from “nothing,” to a number of suggestions that I’m sure would be interesting. At the outset, let’s clarify that we’re referring to GLOCK pistols prior to the current Gen. 4 series.

Anniston Army Depot begins M777 reset program

At the end of April, Anniston Army Depot began a new reset program for M777 medium, towed Howitzers with assistance from BAE Systems.

The M777 artillery system was created by BAE to replace the M198, an artillery system Anniston Army Depot has repaired and overhauled.

In 2011, the installation performed the first overhaul for the M777 and, in the process, learned not only to repair the Howitzer, but also gained the capability to weld with titanium.

The M777 system uses titanium in an effort to reduce weight, while maintaining weapon effectiveness.

Soldiers prefer lighter machine gun during assessment

A military utility assessment held at Fort Benning, Ga., in September 2011 has concluded that all participating Soldiers immediately noticed the reduced weight of a prototype light machine gun and most would prefer it to the current squad automatic weapon used in battle.

The light machine gun, known as the LMG, is part of the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT, program at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal.

LaRue Tactical Machining Operation Tour, Part 1

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Here are some photos from LaRue Tactical's Machining Operating Tour!

LARUE RANGE DAY

The 2012 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) was held again in Las Vegas from Tuesday, 17 January, to Friday, 20 January. Over the last few years, it has become traditional to hold a “Range Day” at a local range where a number of SHOT venders make their products available to an ever growing number of journalists, self-styled and otherwise, to shoot free ammo and generally gaggle/babble about. More than a few of these boobs tend to wave muzzles around in the air, so I simply pass.

C-RAM transforms defense tactics

Mortars, artillery and rockets have been the weapon of choice for insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are mobile and can be easily hidden, giving Coalition soldiers just seconds to take cover when they are launched.

The Army, taking a note from Navy warfare technology, adopted the C-RAM system or Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar system. Known to the Navy as the Phalanx, this "system of systems" detects, warns and intercepts incoming rocket, artillery and mortar rounds at forward operating bases and significant targets in Iraq and now Afghanistan.

Pirates, Beware: Navy's Smart Robocopters Will Spy You in the Crowd

Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5.

THE KEL-TEC PMR-30

First appearing at the end of the 19th century, self-loading pistols have been produced in almost every conceivable caliber and size and in several materials. Such guns have also been designed in most recognized operating systems, all being a function of expanding gas.

These operating systems include short recoil, long recoil, simple blowback, retarded blowback and delayed blowback. Confused? Let’s take a closer look at these operating systems.